Bill Sardi Health Blog
Got stem cells?
07-03-2016 by Bill Sardi
Stem cells are those raw undefined cells that can morph into a new heart, brain, muscle cell. There is a pool of stem cells throughout your body that is made endogenously. Stem cells are critical for cellular repair. There is a horde of dietary supplements sold online that purport to stimulate stem cell production. Most of the stem cell-inducing dietary supplements being sold offer beneficial ingredients. A common one is astragalus, an herb that has been shown to promote stem cells in rodents. [Journal of Orthopedics & Traumatology 2011]
However, I could not find one stem cell enhancer that contained vitamin A. The published evidence that vitamin A is required to induce stem cells to differentiate into skin, blood, brain, muscle cells. [Critical Review Food Science & Nutrition 2015; Nutrients 2014; Development 1994] 2014] Vitamin A also inhibits stem cells becoming cancer cells. [Carcinogenesis 2015] If you have had a stroke, a heart attack, have scarring in the back of your eyes (retina), or cell damage elsewhere, you should first think of vitamin A, not all these stem cell-enhancement formulas featuring exotic herbs. Lack of vitamin A may be an overlooked cause of chronic ear ringing (tinnitus). Obviously, vitamin A may induce stem cells to regenerate hair cells in the ear. [Knowledge of Health]
Just how genuine is the advice provided by makers of these stem cell formulas when they don’t inform you about, nor do they include, vitamin A in their products?